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Evenepoel holds his ground in Vuelta, Arensman wins stage Norway takes gold-medal lead at world road cycling titles Ellen van Dijk defends time trial title at cycling worlds

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SIERRA NEVADA, Spain. Remco Evenepoel, still feeling stiff from the crash and finishing on the highest peak of the Spanish Vuelta, stood his ground to take a big step towards victory in his first Grand Tour race.

Evenepul, who was injured after the accident, repelled another challenge from three-time champion Primoz Roglic, retaining the leader’s red jersey and a significant lead over his main rivals.

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Roglic made a late attack on the last climb of stage 15, but was able to cut Evenepol’s overall lead by just 15 seconds.

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Taimen Ahrensman won the stage of his first Grand Tour victory, crossing the finish line safely ahead of Enric Mas, Miguel Angel Lopez and Jay Vine.

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“It’s hard to believe, it really needs to be understood,” said Arensman, a Dutch rider from the DSM team. “I can’t believe it on the royal stage of the Vuelta. Everyone was talking about this stage. To be honest, during the performance, I didn’t feel very good, but apparently the rest of the legs felt even more.”

Roglic, aiming for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Vuelta title with Jumbo-Visma, was fifth on stage, advancing within 1 minute 34 seconds of Evenepol in the overall standings. Mas also made up time by entering the last week of the last Grand Tour race of the year.

“This is actually the first time I’ve finished this high, so I think I did pretty well,” said Evenepoule, a Belgian rider with Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl. “I felt a little shackled after the accident, but I’m getting better every day. So I am very glad that tomorrow is a day off, and I have practically not lost anything. Good day for us. The accident was not so easy to deal with, but the third week is a slightly different story. Climbing is no longer super difficult.”

The riders have a rest day before the flat 16th stage, which should allow the overall leaders to comfortably stay on top.

WOLLONGONG, Australia. Søren Warenskiöld repeated the success of the Norwegians who won the gold medal at the Road Cycling World Championships the day after Tobias Voss finished first in the elite men’s time trial.

Warenskiöld won the men’s under-23 time trial on the second day of the championship with a dominant result. He showed 34 minutes 13.40 seconds over a distance of 28.8 km, ahead of the Belgian Alec Segart by 16.34 seconds.

British rider Leo Hayter, younger brother of elite rider Ethan Hayter, was 24.16 seconds behind the racer’s pace to take the bronze medal.

Foss beat the strong field to win the elite time trial, the biggest win of his career.

Norway has two gold medals and Dutch Ellen van Dijk beat Australia’s Grace Brown to win the Women’s Elite Time Trial.

The mixed relay is scheduled for Wednesday. The championship ends at the weekend with women’s road races on Saturday and men’s road races on Sunday.

WOLLONGONG, Australia. Ellen van Dijk defended her title and took her third gold medal in the women’s time trial at the opening of the Road Cycling World Championships on Sunday.

Taking advantage of the technical track, the Dutch star maintained a perfect pace to pass Australia’s Grace Brown by 12.79 seconds to defend gold in the time trial she won last year. Bronze went to Swiss Marlene Reusser.

Local favorite Brown was an early starter and had a brilliant time on the 34.2 km (21.3 miles) circuit in the picturesque waterfront city center of Wollongong, south of Sydney.

No one on the 45-man team could come close to Brown’s time of 44m41.33s until the last pairing of van Dijk and Reusser, who took silver at last year’s World Championships in Belgium, showed more results on the first check.

Reusser then beat Brown’s time by over 41 seconds, but van Dijk earned her third gold medal with a time of 44:28.60.

Olympic time trial champion and two-time world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk.

Later on Sunday, Vuelta a España winner Remco Evenepoel of Belgium, two-time world champion Filippo Ganna of Italy and two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia will lead the men’s event.

Other big races are the mixed time trial relay on Wednesday and the women’s road race next Saturday before the men’s race on Sunday’s closing day, where local star and Giro d’Italia winner Jai Hindley races against the clock to recover from COVID-19 to take his place in the race.


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